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Court sentences Zamboanga politician to 8 years for a Facebook post

The (RTC) has sentenced a councilor to 8 years in prison for cyberlibel in connection with a Facebook post attacking a mayoral candidate who ended up narrowly losing during the May 2019 local elections.

In a recent 14-page decision, RTC Branch 12 in Zamboanga City Judge Gregorio dela Peña found Councilor Archie Yongco guilty of violation of Section 4(C)(4) of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The court also ordered Yongco to pay a fine of P10,000, as well as P500,000 in moral damages, P100,000 in exemplary damages and P100,000 in attorney’s fees.

The case concerned Yongco’s post on May 10, 2019 against former mayor Emmanuel Palma II, who failed to reclaim the seat after losing to Mayor Boen Dorotheo Cabahug by a margin of 214 votes.

Yongco posted: “P**ang ina nimo Jojo ning patay napud kag tawo sa Bemposa! Magsulti2x kag wala ky goons !!! yawa kang daku asa man tong challenge mag usa mog kuwarta tanan!!! Buwesit ka!!! Yawa… (Jojo, you son of a bitch, again you killed someone in Bemposa and you told us that you don’t have any goons, damn you. Where is the challenge that you will use all your money?)”

He deleted the post 20 minutes later, but other Facebook users were able to take screenshots of the outburst. Esguerra presented the witnesses to authenticate the said screenshots and identify the poster.

Yongco denied being the poster, but the court said it was not “swayed by the uncorroborated defense,” which was “a mere denial and a very poor attempt to avoid the charges against him.”

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